That dreaded time of year is approaching fast, that’s right, we’re talking about flu season.
If you feel like you’re coming down with the flu, then these quick measures and some quick action before it really takes hold, can make all the difference.
Flu symptoms can appear very quickly, and according to the NHS, this can include:
- A sudden fever – a temperature of 38c or above
- An aching body
- Feeling tired or exhausted
- A dry cough
- A sore throat
- A headache
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhoea or tummy pain
- Feeling sick and being sick
But what can you do to ease these symptoms and stop it from becoming its absolute worst?
Get lots of rest and sleep – Lots of sleep helps your immune system, which is essential for keeping your body’s white blood cell counts high and to fight infections.
Keep warm – Staying warm when you first start to come down with the flu will help you to preserve energy. It is recommended that you should stay home from work and rest until you are fever-free to avoid giving the virus to anyone else. This will also help to reduce your chances of developing complications such as pneumonia.
Take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat your aches and pains.
Stay hydrated – Drinking relieves congestion and stops build up of mucus. Foods high in vitamin C and those rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, can help boost your immune system.
Of course, preventative action is better than cure, so don’t forget to have your flu vaccination, which reduces the risk of you catching it. Click here to find out if you’re eligible for the free NHS vaccine. Don’t forget that pharmacists can also help you with the flu.
They can give advice and recommend flu remedies, or if you’re a Cignpost member, then speak to one of our Nurse Case Managers.
Cox, D – Guardian. (2019). Five ways to recover from flu. Accessible: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/sep/29/five-ways-recover-from-flu-antivirals-supplements. Last accessed: 14 October 2019.